I don't have the time to read all 8 pages worth of replies... But I think some people are misinterpreting this. I don't think Sather is enamored with Gilroy's play or potential, I just see this as Sather looking to retain a minor depth player on the cheap. Remember last summer when it looked like Christensen and the Rangers were not on the same page regarding a new contract (I think he wanted a 1 year deal), well Sather offered 2 years / $900K cap hit. Sounded like Christensen was going to test FA, yet he eventually agreed to take the deal anyway, although he may have been able to get a more money as a FA signing on the open market. Christensen, much like Gilroy, was not a must-have player on your roster (far from it), but if you can retain a player who adds some depth to your roster on the cheap, it's worth it. That's what we did. I think that's what will happen with Gilroy. Sather will offer him something low, if he accepts it, we have a little more depth for the bottom pairing, if he doesn't take it, no big loss for the Rangers....
That being said... I'm not a big fan of Gilroy and would have no qualms with him rejecting whatever the Rangers offer and testing FA.
You do realize that your credibility is completely out the window at this point? Gilroy is having a fantastic game, anybody can see it. The fact that you can't admit it means this goes way beyond any sort of rational argument for you. If this is the guy the Rangers get if they sign him to a multi-year 1 mil per deal it will be a steal.
he played 18 minutes in a game that was like 90 minutes long. he was well rested and used strategically against the Caps marginal players. It's not amazing that he for once didnt look like absolute crap, its good coaching to protect him. If he was matched up against either of the top 2 lines for the Caps, he would have been eaten alive.